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Murray calls for end to Rangers 'blood lust'

RANGERS chairman Malcolm Murray has called for "vicious and gratuitous blood lust" to come to an end for the sake of Scottish football.

He made the plea as reports yesterday claimed plans are being put in place that would see the Ibrox club relegated from the SPL to the First Division with immediate effect.

Charles Green's Rangers newco is unlikely to gain enough support for entry to the top flight when the 12 SPL clubs meet on July 4 to vote on the issue, leaving a huge question mark over where the Glasgow giants will play next term.

Murray said in a statement: "The vicious and gratuitous blood lust of recent times must end, not only for Rangers' sake but for Scottish football too."

On the issue of their league status, Murray added: "We will update supporters as soon as possible and we understand a poll of supporters' opinions is about to be launched."

Six SPL clubs have stated they will oppose the Rangers bid at next week's vote. Rangers require an 8-4 majority vote in favour.

As a result, Green could face the prospect of relaunching the club in the Third Division, although the less severe drop to the First Division has also been touted.

It has also been suggested there are plans for the SPL and SFL to merge into a new organisation in 12 months' time, with play-offs between the top two divisions being introduced in time for the coming season.

The SFL have said in a statement they have not reached agreement with any other footballing body over newco Rangers.

SFL chief executive David Longmuir said: "The Scottish Football League will send a briefing document to its member clubs.

"We are trying to achieve a solution which will be in the best interests of the Scottish Football League and the wider game."